Basketball Recruiting Primer (Class of 2005)

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*Note: The primer had to be separated by year do to space limitations. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

Format Explanation
One significant change to the list is the addition of the "target level" and "interest" indexes to each profile. Target level refers to our OPINION on where each respective player stands on the current recruiting list based on all of the information gathered up to this point. Interest refers to the how strongly each respective player is considering the Wolverines at this point in time. Each category is rated on a scale from 1 (low) to 5 (high).

5 - Interest couldn't be any stronger
4 - Very strong interest. Only a matter of time before they're 5's
3 - Interested with the potential to move up with more familiarity and evaluation
2 - Limited interest
1 - Low interest

The list is ordered first by Target Level and then sub-ordered by Interest level. These ratings can change from update to update, so keep an eye on them!

This list will be updated regularly as new players are discovered and players already listed make their decisions. The link to the Primer will reside permanently on the left NAV bar under the Best Guess Recruiting Class section.

Table of Contents (Click link to jump to desired section)

  1. 2004-2005 Roster
  2. 2005-2006 Roster
  3. Class of 2005 Commits and Recruits


2004-2005 Roster

No. Name Pos. HT. WT. Cl/Elig. High School
32 J.C. Mathis F 6-8 245 Sr./Sr. John F. Kennedy
4 Daniel Horton G 6-3 190 Jr./.Jr. Cedar Hill
2 Lester Abram W 6-6 190 Jr./Jr. Pontiac Northern
25 Graham Brown F 6-9 245 Jr./Jr. Mio-AuSable
31 Chris Hunter F/C 6-11 210 Jr./Jr. Gary West Side
50 Amadou Ba C 6-10 250 Jr./Jr. Bridgton Academy
5 Dion Harris G 6-3 200 So./So. Redford
44 Courtney Sims F/C 6-9 220 So./So. Noble & Greenough
23 Brent Petway F 6-8 210 So./So. Griffin
24 Ronald Coleman F 6-6 210 Fr./Fr. Romulus
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2005-2006 Roster

No. Name Pos. HT. WT. Cl/Elig. High School
4 Daniel Horton G 6-3 190 Sr./Sr. Cedar Hill
25 Graham Brown F 6-9 245 Sr./Sr. Mio-AuSable
31 Chris Hunter F/C 6-11 210 Sr./Sr. Gary West Side
50 Amadou Ba C 6-10 250 Sr./Sr. Bridgton Academy
2 Lester Abram W 6-6 190 Sr./Jr. Pontiac Northern
5 Dion Harris G 6-3 200 Jr./Jr. Redford
44 Courtney Sims F/C 6-9 220 Jr./Jr. Noble & Greenough
23 Brent Petway F 6-8 210 Jr./Jr. Griffin
24 Ronald Coleman F 6-6 210 So./So. Romulus
  Jerret Smith G 6-2 200 Fr./Fr. Romulus
  Jevohn Shepherd W 6-4.5 190 Fr./Fr. West Hill Collegiate
  Kendric Price 6-8 190 Fr./Fr. Buckingham Browne Nichols
  Open          

 




Class of 2005 Commits and Recruits

2005 Commitment(s)

Jerret Smith PG
Target Level
Interest
Committed
Committed
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 195
AAU Team: Team Detroit
High School: Romulus HS (Romulus, MI)
Committed: June 4, 2003
I always come away impressed by what a floor general Smith is. Jerret is the quintessential pass first shoot second point guard and is not a player that observers would ever classify as selfish. He is an excellent passer that sees the court really well. The young floor leader is a perfect complement to the wing talent Michigan has brought in already, and will be bringing in over the next few years. Some observers were down on him after Romulus' playoff loss to Belleville and his subsequent early summer struggles in AAU. However, he continues to impress when visiting Ann Arbor for open gyms and is a kid the current crop of players love to play with. Plus, he finished the summer very strong with his new AAU squad, Team Detroit, out in Vegas. He does have to work to gain consistency on his shot, improve his defense, and regain his confidence. Had strong assist performances at both the NBPA and ABCD. Stated that his goal is winning Mr. Basketball Senior season got off to a good start with 28 points, 10 assists, and 6 boards versus Dearborn Robichaud.

GBW stories on Jerret Smith
Jerret Smith Scouting Report
Friday Night Hoops: John Glenn vs. Plymouth Salem
More on Jerret Smith
Nike Memorial Day Classic Wrap Up
Conversation with Ken Smith
Vince Baldwin Weighs in on UM's Latest Commitment
Michigan Preps Have What it Takes at Jamboree
Sunday Open Run Recap
Romulus Open Gym Notes
Romulus Duo Meshing Well
Michigan Holds On For Victory vs Chips
Vince Baldwin Weighs In On Prep Hoops (part 2)
Friday Night Hoops: Romulus vs. Belleville
Coleman Shows Versatility in Win Over Rival
Coleman's High School Career Comes to an End
Baldwin on In-State Prospects
Hoops: Open Gym Notes
Michigan Targets Fare Well in Weekend Hoops
The Michigan Insiders Radio Hour (Show 9)
Smith Leads Team in Summer League Games
Open Gym Photo Gallery
NBA Camp: Day1 (Morning Session)
NBA Camp: Day2 Recap
NBA Camp: Day 3 Recap
The Michigan Insiders Radio Hour (Show 12)
Reebok ABCD Day 1 Recap
Shoe Camps: Final Day Recap
Jerret Smith's Stock on The Rise
Past and Present Meet at Saturday's Bball Reunion
Kendric Price Talks About Visit; News on Open Gym
Jerret Smith Plans "Coming Out Party"
Jerret Smith Intent on Helping Future Team
Coaching Staff Big Key For Jerret Smith's Parents

Jevohn Shepherd SG
Target Level
Interest
Committed
Committed
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 190
AAU Team: Phase 1
High School: West Hill Collegiate HS(Toronto, ONT)
Committed: August 4, 2004
GBW broke the news in early February of UM interest in this little known Canadian wing. He has been called a 6-4 Brent Petway by some who have seen him, but can also put it on the floor. His skills have caught Michigan's attention and assistant Coach Charles Ramsey has already made a few trips across the border to check him out. An April open gym session wowed coaches in attendance (and Coach Ramsey was once again there). Coach Amaker soon followed up with a visit of his own, and the Wolverines are the prohibitive favorite for this monster sleeper. Has gotten gradually better at the shoe camps as the summer has gone on. Still, he has turned in his best efforts North of the border...the best of which came in a 42-point outburst at the Nike All-Canada Camp. Was very impressive at an open gym in early August and committed to Michigan while on campus.

GBW stories Jevohn Shepherd
Hoopster Jevohn Shepherd
Charlie Weber Hoops Tourney (Part 1)
Jevohn Shepherd Opens Some Eyes
Basketball Recruiting: Visits Galore!
Basketball Recruiting: MORE Visit News!
More Summer Hoops Coverage: Rumble in the T-Dot
Shepherd Set to Visit
NBA Camp: Day1 (Morning Session)
NBA Camp: Day2 Recap
NBA Camp: Day 3 Recap
NBPA Interviews: Shepherd & Wright
The Michigan Insiders Radio Hour (Show 12)
Basketball Open Gym (Part 4)
Nike Camp Day 2 Recap
Nike Camp Day 3 Recap
The Michigan Insiders Radio Hour (Show 14)
Shoe Camps: Final Day Recap
Final Shoe Camp Interviews & Nike All-Canada Recap
Jevohn Shepherd Commits!
Michigan Couldn't Be Beat With Shepherd (Part 1)
Michigan Couldn't Be Beat With Shepherd (Part 2)

Kendric Price SF/PF
Target Level
Interest
Committed
Committed
Ht: 6-8 Wt: 190
AAU Team: New England Playaz
High School: Buckingham Browne Nichols School (Cambridge, MA)
Committed: September 27, 2004
Long and can really shoot it from the perimeter. Needs to get stronger and tougher. New England Playaz (Price’s AAU team) Coach Mike Jarvis Jr. made mention of his pupil’s strengths in an earlier interview with TheInsiders.com. "He's a smart kid who is great academically and is just starting to really learn the game," Jarvis told TheInsiders. "He’s got great upside. He just needs to work on his ball-handling skills and personal strength. He’s got to learn to play inside and out." Had a strong first day at the Adidas camp, but fell off a bit as the camp went on. Should visit Michigan in the fall.

GBW stories on Kendric Price
The Northeast Secret Is Out
Reebok ABCD Day 1 Recap
Shoe Camps: Final Day Recap
UM Hoop Targets Take Their Games to Vegas
Price's Strong Play Drawing Lots of Attention
Post Recruiting Sees a Change
Price Gearing Up for Visits
Price and Other Big Hoop Names to be on Campus Sat
Kendric Price Talks About Visit; News on Open Gym
Kendric Price to Michigan!
Price Comments on his Commitment to Michigan

2005 Recruits

Uche Echefu PF
Target Level
Interest
5
3

Ht: 6-8 Wt: 220
AAU Team: Montrose Christian
High School: Montrose Christian School (Rockville, MD)
Visit Date: September 25, 2004
Nigerian big man had excellent Nike camp and established himself as one of the top 50 players in his class. His coach, Stu Vetter,, feels his star player hasn’t even scratched the surface of what he could be. “Uche’s developed into one of the top players in the country,” Vetter told theinsidershoops.com in September.. “He’s worked very hard on individual improvement. He hasn’t traveled around and played in a lot of events because he decided that he wanted to develop his game. By doing that he’s developed into one of the best players in the country.” “He’s got so much potential,” added Montrose assistant David Adkins. “He’s only been playing since 2000 and then he came over and hurt his knee. Last year was his first full year playing basketball. He gets better every day. He just wants to get better and he’s willing to work at it.” Coach Tommy Amaker has done a bang up job recruiting the athletic post player and according to sources made a December 8th visit to Echefu's school.

GBW stories on Uche Echefu
Price and Other Big Hoop Names to be on Campus Sat
Kendric Price Talks About Visit; News on Open Gym
GBW Road Trip: Uche Echefu
Echefu Looking For Total Package
GBW Road Trip: Uche Echefu (Part 3)


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